A Conversation with Butoh Teacher Vangeline

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A Conversation with Butoh Teacher Vangeline
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In this podcast interview, Monastic Hokyu Aronson speaks with guest instructor Vangeline about embodied movement and healing. Along the way, they discuss some of the deep history of butoh and how trauma-informed guidance can help students settle their nervous systems, whether they are pursuing Zen, butoh, or life itself. Although Vangeline emphasizes this approach in her teaching, and speaks widely on the benefits of butoh as a form of creative engagement, she is quick to add that butoh should not be considered a replacement for therapy, and nor should Zen practice. That said, the movement workshops she leads, explore the body as a vehicle for working with challenging emotions, accessing deeper connection, and finding freedom.

Vangeline has won numerous awards for her dancing and choreography, both as a soloist, and with her company, Vangeline Theater. She is also the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. In 2020, she published Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a history and dissection of butoh’s evolution, inner dynamics, and potential for transformation.

Learn more at Vangeline.com

The music in this episode is by Hania Rani, including the song “Dancing with Ghosts,” from her new album, Ghosts.

 

Vangeline performing “The Slowest Wave” at Zen Mountain Monastery.

 

Artist talk back, following the performance.

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